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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Revelation Reality: The Second, Third and Fourth Seals

"4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse" by Sharlene Lindskog-Onsario
"4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse" 
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. It's rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.


When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "Two pounds of wheat for a day's wages, and six pounds of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and wine!" 
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the beasts of the earth. {Rev. 6:3-8}

Introduction

What are the second, third and fourth seals of Revelation? What do they mean? Are they figurative language, parables or folklore? Is this something that is yet to come or have these things already happened?

These are some of the questions from those who read or study the bible and are naturally perplexed by what they find in the book of Revelation.

Let's be clear. Hundreds of books have been written on the subject. Hundreds of self-professed prophets, pastors, and individuals from all sectors claim to have the answer.

Many have set themselves up as experts on the subject. Going as far as saying they have "decoded" the mysteries hidden therein.

Me -I'm a student, forever seeking and learning. I dare not lie against YAH, the Most High and claim He has 'personally' given me the answers to these questions. However, I will say that we've been given as much insight as we need, -if we're paying attention.

Disciples asked Yahushua Ha Mashiach similar questions. The discourse went like this:
"Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"
He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in My name, claiming, 'I am He,' and, 'The time is near.'  Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."
Then He said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven."
"But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of My name. And so you will bear testimony of Me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of Me. But not a hair on your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life. 
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against the people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled out by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." 
He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God (Yah) is near." {Luke 21:7-30}
We're told what to expect. According to the above scriptures, "signs" will indicate the world's condition and confirm Divine timelines. That's all we were given. That's all we need.

The second, third and fourth seals further speak of this coming tribulation in greater detail. -warning of events we see happening right now.
The Second Seal is associated with the Red Horse, which represents death and the removal of peace from the earth -people killing each other, mass shootings, bombings, etc.
The Third Seal is associated with the Black Horse, which represents inflated prices on goods and services, making it hard for families to survive. Homelessness also rises during this time.
The Fourth Seal is associated with the Pale Horse, which represents Death and Hell on earth. A time when many will die by various means such as: starvation, plagues (sickness and disease), unexplained phenomenon, mauled by animals (bears, lions, shark attacks, etc.)  
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Based on the "signs" that Yahushua mentioned in His answer to His followers, we should be preparing ourselves for what's coming upon the earth.

There's no reason to be caught without food, water, and other necessities. Nevertheless, despite having prior warning, many of you will be caught with "your drawers down" -to coin a phrase.

You'll run here and there trying to "borrow" from others to feed your families. There's no excuse. We've been warned. It can't be any plainer.

If you're confused about what you read, ask YAH for understanding. He'll give it to you. But whatever you do, DON'T rebel against and ignore the signs.

We were carried off to Babylon for the sins of rebellion and disobedience. Here's your chance for redemption.

If you feel you've done so much wrong that you're not worthy to ask YAH, the Heavenly Father for assistance. Then, REPENT. CONFESS your wrongs to Him. ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. Then, forgive yourself. Clear it up. Live free from guilt and shame.

We ALL have to travel that path because we've all done things that separated us from YAH. But He gave us a 'way' back to Him through the sacrifice of His Son, Yahushua Ha Mashiach.

Come back into the fold and find shelter from the coming storm.

Shalom

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